GEPL306 Water in the Environment

Updated: 27 November 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites GEPL106 or GEPL111 or RSNR110 or candidature in BGeoSc or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Martin Thoms (
Unit Description

The aim of the unit is to increase our understanding of the physical character of landscapes and the processes shaping them. This advanced unit focuses on the role of water as a force shaping landscapes. We examine the role of water and its interactions with other processes in shaping landscapes; learn how to read and interpret fluvial landscapes; understand how water and sediment transport processes influence landscapes and the way fluvial landforms and processes can be incorporated into environmental understanding. Questions posed throughout the unit are: what fluvial processes and their interactions are key to shaping landscapes; how does this influence the way communities use landscapes and what hazards they present; and how does this in turn influence the landscape?

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. analyse the fundamental processes by which water shapes the Earth's surface;
  2. demonstrate clear, coherent and independent identification of the key physical components of different fluvial landscapes;
  3. determine coherent knowledge of how water influences a range of typical Australian landscapes;
  4. critically examine the influence of fluvial landscapes and landscape processes, and analyse their impact on human and other biological communities; and
  5. independently apply a range of analytical techniques for investigating fluvial landforms, landscapes and processes and be able to report these in an independent manner.